The community center strives to build on its legacy of youth-led activism through access and opportunity for children of New York City and across the country
NEW YORK, April 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, New YorkYouth development and social justice non-profit organization The Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis) is proud to announce the opening of their new headquarters in Harlem. After a decade of planning, The Brotherhood Sister Sol welcomes young members and staff to their new state-of-the-art facility that will serve as a hub for policy development that positively impacts society. Carefully designed by Urban Architectural Initiatives, this center will further pursue BroSis’ mission and allow young people to grow, assert themselves and claim their identity and voice.
“We are thrilled to have completed our new home – a true beacon for our community, a space that will allow us to expand our work in the intersectional areas of education, organizing and training, and a building that will be a model for the nation,” mentioned Khary Lazarre-White, co-founder and executive director of The Brotherhood Sister Sol. “The construction effort has been a very difficult and complex process – the journey has been long and we celebrate its completion. This new center for our work is seven stories of space, 22,000 square feet, a temple to our mission – a teaching, contemplative, protective and practical house.”
For over 25 years, The Brotherhood Sister Sol has been at the forefront of social justice, educating, training and organizing to challenge inequality and champion opportunity for all. With a focus on black and Latino youth, BroSis is where young people own the power of their history, identity, and community to create the future they want to see. Opening of this new 22,000 square foot capital project provides critical support to one of the city’s leading youth development organizations New York City.
“Brotherhood Sister Sol is one of the most unique youth development organizations in the country,” said Harry Belafonte, artist and humanitarian. “I know their work well and they teach young people to be social changemakers, activists, artists and to be successful in life. Their work is transformational and their new building in Harlem will enable the further development of a vital institution. who works every day. day for fairness, equality and opportunity.”
Designed by architectural firm MWBE Urban Architectural Initiatives, built through a partnership between Racanelli Construction and APEX Building Group, also an MWBE, and with owner representative Gilbane Building Company, this new building serves as a national model for youth development .
“The new center was designed to further BroSis’ mission of creating positive environments where children can grow, assert themselves and develop a sense of belonging,” said Anthony K. Shitemi, director of urban architectural initiatives. “From floor to ceiling, every square foot of the center has been carefully conceptualized for maximum utilization. The most important aspect of the new center is less the objects that fill it, more the space formed in which a multitude of activities take place. will unfold and in which young lives will take shape.”
The Sisterhood Sol Fraternity Headquarters is reserved exclusively for community educational use to support its ongoing mission. The space includes a variety of thoughtful elements aimed at supporting the development of young people, including a double-height playground and a half-court basketball court located on the roof, a greenhouse and spaces for meditation, the arts, consulting, reflection, group meetings and presentations. A state-of-the-art space for the community, the new building also reuses brick and terra cotta from its old building, in an ode to historic Harlem architecture.
“Brotherhood Sister Sol provides a much-needed space for young people to learn, organize and grow, and we are proud to have played a part in building this center to help continue that tradition,” said Brennan Gilbane Koch, Director of Client Relations, Gilbane Building Company. “BroSis’ mission to cultivate the next generation of thoughtful, passionate and forward-thinking leaders aligns with Gilbane’s own values of integrity, caring and, above all, dedication to excellence. We look forward to the new headquarters serves as a hub to champion equity, inclusion and opportunity for our youth.”
“We are so proud to have been part of such an exciting undertaking and such a historic moment for The Brotherhood Sister Sol. From the start this wasn’t just another building project for us, we knew what it was going to mean for the community”, mentioned Robert Horfordpresident of Apex Building Company and Nicolas Racanelli, President of Racanelli Construction. “Everyone involved poured their heart and soul into bringing this project to fruition. Despite its unique challenges, the building’s visionary design elements and quality construction will stand the test of time and have a huge impact on everyone who gets in. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this dream come true!”
BroSis’ ongoing mission includes holistic, long-term support services for youth ages eight to twenty-two, including educational support, long-term mentorship, addressing food insecurity, mental health care , financial aid, etc. This building provides expanded space to meet the growing demand for the organization’s services both for the local community and nationally.
“The Sister Sol Fraternity has been supporting, uplifting and empowering young New Yorkers for more than a quarter century,” said public attorney Jumaane D. Williams. “Finally, they can do this essential work in their new headquarters – a space that I am sure will quickly become a community center for growth, education, sport and all types of youth development. BroSis has become an essential and integral part of Harlem and New York Cityand this space is worthy of their vital work.”
“Congratulations on your new home, Brotherhood Sister Sol! This new facility will allow you to continue the crucial work of creating a safe space of inspiration and growth for our city’s youth,” said Brad Lander, Comptroller of New York. “Your decades-long work to uplift and empower young people of color has built lasting relationships and helped thousands of young people become the best version of themselves. I wish you continued success and look forward to our partnership. continued.”
“The Brotherhood Sister Sol is a brilliant institution, and I’m thrilled that their new home reflects the light and power they bring to the community,” said Marc Levin, president of the borough of Manhattan. “For generations to come, this space will provide essential support services and a sense of place for the youth of Upper Manhattan. Countless lives will be transformed here.”
The organization’s global programming offers four- to six-year rites of passage programs, after-school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training, preparation at university, employment opportunities, training in community organization and urban gardening. Since the start of the pandemic, The Brotherhood Sister Sol has also tackled food insecurity and distributed over one million meals to youth members and the surrounding community through 100 weekly food distributions. The new headquarters will further support the organization’s ongoing efforts to support young people and the next generation.
“In October 2018, I joined Khary Lazarre-White, Jason Warwincolleagues and community members to break ground for The Brotherhood Sister Sol’s new home, and supported construction with stipends from the Borough President’s office,” said Gale A. Brewer, member of the New York City Council. “BroSis has an incredible track record of empowering young people and the quality of their service to young people is second to none. I am thrilled to see the new space open and look forward to continuing my work with the organization to bring about change significant.”
“Summer and after-school enrichment programs like those offered by The Brotherhood Sister Sol changed my life when I was growing up – they helped me do well in school, exposed me to new ideas, and inspired me. offered mentorship and opportunities,” said Shaun Abreu, member of the New York City Council. “I couldn’t be happier for the kids who will come to the new BroSis space to learn, have fun, and become the future leaders they are meant to be.”
“Today marks a new chapter for The Brotherhood Sister Sol and the social justice movement in New York City and beyond. Rooted in the North of Manhattan community, the new BroSis home is a beacon for what dignified, holistic and transformative spaces should be for our young people,” said Carmen De La Rosa, member of the New York City Council. “I congratulate BroSis on its many years of success and the grand opening of its historic new building. As a member of the District 10 Council, I look forward to working together to ensure that black and Latino youth can thrive in their communities and in their own lives.”
For more information, please visit https://brotherhood-sistersol.org/ and follow The Brotherhood Sister Sol on social media @BroSis512.
About the Sister Sol Brotherhood
For more than 25 years, Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis) has been at the forefront of social justice, educating, training and organizing to fight inequality and champion opportunity for all. With a focus on Black and Latinx youth, BroSis is where young people own the power of their history, identity, and community to create the future they want to see. Through round-the-clock supports, comprehensive programs, and far-reaching opportunities, BroSis gives young people a space to transform their lives and their communities. By training educators across the country and around the world and organizing a community of change-makers, BroSis is building on its legacy of youth-led activism to achieve a more just and equitable future.
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